Rolf Michl: “We Could Have Filled Two TT Cup Fields”

The head of Audi Sport’s new championship, the Audi Sport TT Cup, has said that the series organizers could have filled two grids for the championship after 165 applicants applied for a slot on the grid.

The new series, which will run as a support race to the DTM, will see a grid size of 18 cars race, with all of the 310 brake horsepower machines being provided by Audi Sport and shod with Hankook tyres.

“In making the selections, we were spoiled for choice and, due to the high quality, could even have easily filled two fields,” says Project Leader Rolf Michl. “The large number of worldwide applications confirms our expectation that the Audi Sport TT Cup will not only attract huge national but international attention as well.”

In addition to the 18 full season cars on the grid, Audi are also keeping up to six cars free for star drivers, celebrities and members of the media to race. “Interest in these opportunities is huge as well,” continued Michl. “Until the season opener at Hockenheim we’re going to have our hands full – these 100 days will pass in a flash.”

The selection of drivers for the news series is almost complete, with the first round set to take place 100 days from now at Hockenheim, on May 3, before they go to the Norisring, the Red Bull Ring, Oschersleben and the Nurburgring before returning for the series finale at Hockenheim on October 18.

The TT Cup makes up just part of the German manufactures program for 2015, with the brand also racing in the DTM and FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as providing customer support to teams running their Audi R8 LMS GT3 car.